To go along with Arsenal’s recent links to the German wonderkid Josha Vagnoman, it is definitely worth diving in a bit just to see what type of player he is, because there is very little public knowledge on the 17 year old German fullback from Hamburg SV.
It was very hard to come across any meaningful data for the young fullback, considering he has made just one senior cap for his club, and most of his other playing time coming from the Bundesliga youth academy matches.
Vagnoman stands in at a lengthy 6’1” with decent muscle to his frame. The scouting report I gathered from various outlets is that he’s a very versatile player, being able to play both Left Back and Right Back, and also having experience as both a left and right winger. His interest from many of the top clubs in Europe, including Chelsea, Man City, Bayern, Leipzig and Dortmund all speak to the consensus that he is one of the top youth talents that is up for grabs in Europe right now.
From the videos of Hamburg u17 matches I watched, it was clear to me that the talent is there. I watched him skip past defenders on the wing, and frequently contributing in the final third of the pitch. He looked long, pacey, and asserted himself physically over other academy products. There wasn’t much defensive contribution or lack thereof that I saw, mostly because the matches I watched were taken by Hamburg to the tune of 5 or 6-0.
I see him project as a perfect modern fullback that is physically solid, can run for days, is very skilled and can contribute nicely on the overlap. I see him as the type of player that could very much fit into the mold of a fullback like Kyle Walker. He’s definitely nowhere close to that now, and maybe not even probable that he would ever reach Walker level, but that prototype is very similar to what I see Vagnoman’s ceiling being.
The reported fee is to be less than 3 million pounds, so this would be a great move that has low risk in the short term, but has potential to pay out tremendously in the long term. I don’t even expect Vagnoman to be near the level of Mavropanos or Holding straight away, but rather the equivalent to an Nketiah, Willock, or Nelson. I feel those youngsters have loads of potential, but are still a couple years away at least from being meaningful contributors to the first team, much like what Vagnoman would be if he were to join.
Mislintat is reportedly very keen on his style of play, and has confidence that he can bring the hot prospect to the Emirates. Hamburg is desperately trying to resign him to a long term deal, and multiple other German and English clubs are racing for his signature, so the development of this story will be something to look out for as the summer moves on.